Harry F. Naughton
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West Chester, PA
Harry F. Naughton

Harry F. Naughton, 80, of West Chester, PA, died Sunday March 17, 2013 at the Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient Unit in West Chester, PA.

He was the husband of the late Marie Kirby Naughton. Born in Philadelphia, PA he was the son of the late Raoul Naughton and the late Margaret Wixted Naughton.

Harry attended the Girard College for Boys. At West Chester State Teachers College, he was a member of the 1950 Men's National Championship Soccer team. He also played professional soccer for the Philadelphia Nationals. He taught for over 30 years at both college and high school level, specializing in American History and Economics.

Harry was also a Korean War veteran serving in both the Navy and Merchant Marines. He prided himself as a world traveler and was a FEMA volunteer. He loved the beach and was an avid "antiquer".

He was a proud father and grandfather whose famous quote "be good or have fun" carries on with his family today.

The family wishes to thank all of the physicians, nurses, and caretakers for their special care during Harry's stay at the Chester County Hospital and Neighborhood Hospice.

He is survived by his children, Susan N. (John) Morgan of Yardley, PA, John T. (Holly) Naughton of West Chester, PA, and Tracy A. (Jim) Friel of Parkesburg, PA, and seven grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother Thomas Naughton.

Relatives and Friends are invited to his Visitation on Thursday March 21, from 7-9 pm at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 North Church Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Chester County Hospital Foundation, 701 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380 and/or Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient Unit, 400 East Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380.



Published by The News Journal on Mar. 20, 2013.
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Mr. Naughton was one of my favorite teachers at Concord High School in the "80's". Having gone to Girard College for middle school Mr. Naughton always had a story to tell about his time there. I can still picture him standing at the front of the class with one of his feet on the desk so he could stretch out his aching back. His was a class that I always looked forward to attending. He was a class act and a special person. I know its been some time since his passing, but my condolences to his family and friends.
Carl Wexler
November 30, 2017
Dear Naughton Family,
On behalf of I am sure all of my classmates from Concord HS, our sincerest condolences for the loss of your father. What a great teacher we were blessed to have and remember 30 years after graduating. You just don't forget the best ones! I do recall how he made me realize how important it was to understand history and politics, because they would be topics we would be talking about at future get togethers with our friends. My prayers for comfort and peace to his family and friends, and that he rest in peace.
Mary Hickey
April 28, 2013
Rest n piece Mr.Naughton!!!!!
U where a great teacher n we will miss u.
Gary Stroman
March 30, 2013
I cant tell me how many times he told me to be good or have fun....he was a class act and I am glad to have known him,,,,,
Kim Vallejo
March 29, 2013
The death notice of "Mr. Naughton" as he was known to our Brandywine High School Class of 1967 Facebook page hit a responsive note as many of that class had "Mr. Naughton" as their teacher at Springer Junior High School during that dark year of 1963 that witnessed the death of an American President. Many in our class fondly remembered Mr. Naughton as not only a great teacher but one that drew you in with a quirky sense of humor and made you think AND LEARN. Personally, Mr. Naughton was one of the best teachers I've ever had and sparked a lifelong interest in politics with his “Current Events Friday” during 9th grade at Springer, now 50 years ago. The years may be long but the memory of Mr. Naughton is still fresh in the minds of many. Many thanks for his life.
Kevin Donohue
March 26, 2013
John,Susan and Tracy,
My deepest sympathy to you. Your Dad and I were good friends.Both working at Concord and living in W.C.. He appeared " rough " but really wasn't. He was the most gentle, kindest man That I have known. I could go on about his help when my husband died so suddenly years ago while we were at Concord.
May he rest on peace. Ruth Fitzgerald Weeks
March 24, 2013
I knew Harry in the 70's when I taught at Concord High School. He was always pleasant and a well-liked collegue.
Phyllis Schmidt
March 24, 2013
I had the priveldge of meeting Mr. Naughton only briefly as a Therapist at Chester County Hospital and absolutely loved him. He was a man of many stories, who I loved talking to more than "making him walk". I am so glad he is at peace and I'm sure he will not "be good in heaven but will be having fun"! God Speed
Cathy Bragaw
March 22, 2013
In seventh grade history class in 1958, Mr Naughten asked students to identify the most serious area of the world that may threaten our patience and world peace. Answers were : Cuba, Berlin, Lebnon, Central Europe, Egypt and others. Mr Naughten went to the world map and with his pointer marked a tiny nation in Southeast Asia Make note; Vietnam' Through subsequent years of service and after ,his prescience stll send chills down my spine.

Prayers be with you Mr. Naughton
Daryl Fleck
March 21, 2013
Mr. Naughton was my teacher over 50 years ago at Springer Junior High. I still remember his vibrant personality and passion for teaching. I was lucky to have had him as my teacher. What an interesting and fun father he must have been. You are very lucky! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Never stop talking about him...that way he will live on in your memories.
Kathy Fleming
March 21, 2013
Great teacher had him at Concord High for my senior year for economics (1984). He would lecture the whole period and always kept me interested, always a good guy.
David White
March 20, 2013
Dear Naughton Family,
I first met Mr. Naughton in I guess it was 10th grade - he was my history teacher. I'll never forget him - he kept us interested with his stories of his 'good friend Thomas Jefferson' and that kind of thing. And his golf club walking stick he always brought to the classroom. I much later came across his name again when I married. Turns out he was friends with my father-in-law to be, Joe Leitner, Sr. He had great respect for your father, thought of him fondly and considered him a friend. From him and my mother-in-law, myself and my husband, please accept our condolences.
Roberta Leitner
March 20, 2013
Susan, John John and Tracy- I hope you are all well. Unfortuantly, it takes times like these to reconnect with your family. I loved Uncle Harry he was always such fun and when ever I saw him he would never remember the nick name he gave me.... I was glad becasue he called me weiner. I wanted to be Beaner or Teaner!!! My Dad has been waiting a long time for his twin brother to join him in everlasting life.
Love ya all!!!!!
Helen Maguire (Naughton)
March 20, 2013
Hey fam... I am sorry about Uncle Harry. I always wanted to keep in touch but, life gets in the way and before you know it the person you missed has past. My Dad will enjoy the company. Love you all!!!!
Helen Maguire (Naughton)
March 20, 2013
The Naughton family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Although we never got to meet your father, we felt we knew him from the funny stories that my Mom would tell us. He was a good friend to her and helped her through some tough times. We are so sorry for your loss and sorrier that we never got a chance to thank him for everything he did for my Mom.
Mernie and Rick Cole
March 19, 2013
I will miss my good friend Harry. He was a kind, wonderful and fun person to be around. Although I only got to know him for a short time, he was always there for me. He helped me and I will cherish his friendship always.
Miriam Gallagher
March 19, 2013
Susan, John, and Tracy, please know that you and your families are in my thoughts during this tough time with the loss of your Father & "Poppy".

Harry was a presence in every room he entered, because he would always have a smile on his face & a sparkle in his eye. He loved & experienced life to it's fullest and he especially adored ALL of you. Harry spoke of you all with such pride & joy and you are the real testament to his life. I knew Harry from ACAC and quickly grew to admire his lust for life & all its glory. I will greatly miss him and his "Teddy Bear-like" presence...the so very huggable and lovable being that he was. I love & simply adored him and the interesting chats we would have...will miss those immensely.
Rest in peace Harry,
Cyndi Rice
March 19, 2013
Our condolences are with you and your family at this time of loss.
Jim & Dianne Herron
March 19, 2013
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